British Doctor Loses Medical License After Burning His Initials Into Patients’ Livers

In 2013, while working at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Dr. Simon Bramhall branded his initials onto the livers of two patients. Reviewing the case, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) said it was an “act borne out of a degree of professional arrogance” and that Bramhall's actions undermined public trust in the medical profession. The 57-year-old was suspended, fined £10,000 ($12,199), and given community service. The following month, he resigned from his job at the hospital. One of the victims suffered serious psychological harm as a result of the branding, while the other was traced through hospital records but did not wish to engage with police. Bramhall told police he branded the organs to relieve operating theater tensions following difficult and long transplant operations. In 2020, Bramhall appealed the MPTS decision, but when it came to light that the organ he transplanted had failed about a week after the operation, his license to practice medicine was permanently revoked.